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Good News - March 2018

Doing Your Best…

Welcome to the season of Lent, 2018! This is also known as the craziest time of the year for most pastors and worship leaders, especially this one (I’m known for having other names for the season as Holy Week draws closer). That means I made a crazy decision to dive into all the objectives I put out during our year-end meeting. The new website is almost there, our engagement on social media is ramping up and the podcast is up and running, among other things. All of these are good for our community, but the number of plates in the air feels like it has tripled some days. And Holy Week hasn’t even arrived!

I have been studying a few pastors and media specialists over this year as I try to develop these ideas. One of them, a pastor around Toronto, had an interesting take on crazy seasons, especially for those who have timelines and deadlines with few lifelines to keep them sane through it all. If you are one of those folks, I want to share the idea (and if you have no timelines or deadlines in your week, then perhaps you know somebody you can share this with).

We all try to manage our time when things get crazy. The problem with that is that no amount of efficiency will ever give us more than 24 hours in a day (just ask a new parent, who would be more than happy to get a few more hours in each day). The trick I learned was less about time management and more about energy management. In short, do what you are best at when you are at your best. Some people are morning people, some are night owls. You probably know where in the day you are at your peak. The things you do best – that’s the time to do that task.

For me, I seem to be morphing into more of a morning person. When I get in the office (or get all the kids off to school), that’s the time for me to put the phone on silent, put the headphones on and crank away at all the creative projects that I have on my agenda. Then in the afternoon, after the golden hours have passed, I can knock out the shorter tasks that don’t requires as many cells out of my right brain.

I’ve been trying this for a few weeks, and it’s amazing how much better the day seems to go. Even better, I feel like I’ve accomplished something and then when I’m back home and all three kids want to jump on my lap at the same time, I don’t mind it.

Sometimes, I can even enjoy it.

Many Blessings,

Pastor Brian

(ps – a free tip, after reading this article, go straight to page 6 and read Dave’s Insane Asylum)




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Authentic LivingTGI Monday (4/6)Genesis 1-2
How Not To Be A Christian At WorkTGI Monday (5/6)1 Peter 3:13-16
Kingdom PlatformTGI Monday (6/6)Colossians 3:12-25
Remembering Your First LoveSeeking God (1/10)Hosea 10, 11, 14
Grabbing a SliceSeeking God (2/10)1 Chronicles 12, 16, John 13
The Truth About The TruthSeeking God (3/10)1 John 1:5-10
No MoreSeeking God (4/10)John 8:2-11
God's GlueSeeking God (5/10)Ephesians 2:1-9
Getting ReadySeeking God (6/10)1 Peter 1:13-21
Love's Acid TestSeeking God (7/10)John 14:15-24
We're GoodSeeking God (8/10)1 John 4:5-21
A Prisoner FreedSeeking God (9/10)Matthew 18:21-35
Light PowerSeeking God (10/10)Galatians 5:16-26
Promise KeeperRefuel (1/5)John 14:18-31
John 16:4-15
Cosmic MathRefuel (2/5)Mark 1:1-11
Fruity LivingRefuel (3/5)Galatians 5:16-26
Step OneRefuel (4/5)John 3:1-16
Set ApartRefuel (5/5)Romans 8:1-11
Fear Not Unshakeable (1/6)Matthew 28:1-10
On Your FeetUnshakeable (2/6)John 21:1-19
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Unshakeable (3/6)1 Thessalonians 4:13-18
The Most Perfect Imperfect PrayerUnshakeable (4/6)Mark 9:14-29
God's Job DescriptionUnshakeable (5/6)Exodus 3:1-15
Confidence In The ChaosUnshakeable (6/6)John 16:25-33

Going Deeper

These questions and actions are designed to help you find ways to take Sunday’s Scripture out into the world as the hands and feet of Christ. 

Making You Think

·         Where does common sense (or wisdom) fit in with extravagant devotion to Christ?

·         What does treasuring Jesus more than our stuff look like in practical terms? Is it wrong to have a savings account? To save for retirement? To take good care of possessions?

·         Put yourself into those days before Jesus’ death. What would you have hoped to do to prepare yourself, and Jesus, for that day?


Memory Verse

This woman has done what she could; she has anointed my body beforehand for its burial.
Mark 14:8 (NRSV)

Next Steps

Remind yourself in everything you do this week, “I do this for Jesus”. This can turn some of your ‘ordinary’ tasks into worship and prevent you from doing some things that may be…difficult…to do for Jesus.


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